I quit my job in July of 2018.
In October of 2018, I thought I was living the dream.
By December 2018 I was starting to question my choice.
In January of 2019, I was in full-blown panic mode.
In February I walked into the SheHive for the first time.
When March rolled around, I wasn’t flailing around anymore. I had a plan. The plan was Queen of GSD.
April was the most successful month of this entire year.
“Ok, cool story Jackie but who cares?”
Well, I’m sure my Mom totally cares because Moms care about that sort of thing but I care. If you’re a business owner, you know the first year is amazing and bizarre and scary and a massive learning curve. You also probably questioned yourself and thought about jumping ship more times than you’d ever admit. When I quit my job I was CERTAIN that I was going to slay being a business owner but just a few months later I was already ready to work for the first person that would hire me. I didn’t believe I could do it.
Then I met the women at the SheHive. Everyone needs a SheHive and if they don’t have a SheHive they need a village of people behind them rooting them on, sharing insight and valuable life experience. It took a village to get Queen of GSD going and still heavily rely on that village. I am grateful to this village and I would literally wander through a jungle, wearing a loincloth, fighting off jaguars to remain in this village. They validated me when I really needed it helped me to see that I can do this.
“Ok, but what’s the point of this blog?”
The point is that I’m super grateful to my village but also equally grateful to all the wonderful people I got to work with this year. Below you’ll find a list of this year’s clients and when I was putting it together I was pleasantly reminded of those who trusted me with their businesses this year. Owning a business is bananas, but when you’ve got lovely people surrounding you, it feels like the bananas are manageable.
Thank you to everyone I worked with this year. Thank you to everyone who cheered me on. And the biggest of thank yous to my husband who has never doubted me, supported our family when it was dicey, and continues to think the sun shines out of my butt no matter what I do.
I hope you have a great holiday season and that we can tackle some more cool stuff in 2020.
In no particular order here are the clients that made my first year of business successful:
Madaleno’s Italian Restuarant
Academy of Roller Derby
The Sewer Doctors